In this instant, the world of the estate called Blessings is changed forever. Read more...
In this instant, the world of the estate called Blessings is changed forever. The story of Skip Cuddy, the Blessings caretaker, who finds a baby asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, who, for her own reasons, decides to help him, Blessings explores how the secrets of the past affect decisions and lives in the present; what makes a person, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community. This is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer about whom The Washington Post Book World said, "Quindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family."
Blessings: A Novel
When a baby is abandoned at the Blessings mansion, life is never the same for the estate's crusty 80-year-old owner, Lydia Blessing. Along with handyman Skip, she is charmed by the infant, whom they name Faith. A long-time widow, the wealthy Lydia was never close to her own daughter, and as Skip becomes a surrogate father to Faith, she is transformed by his experience. Despite the joy it brings, the clandestine adoption of the baby by Lydia and Skipa comically mismatched pairis soon threatened by interference from the outside world. Quindlen's wonderful descriptions of the estate's diminished splendor, her rich characterizations and pitch-perfect dialogue will satisfy her old fans and earn her some new ones. A reading group guide is included in the book.